What are signs and symptoms of (acute) sinusitis?

Following a URI. Acute sinusitis most commonly follows a cold so if you've had cold type symptoms for greater than two weeks, it might be sinusitis. Pressure, pain, drainage and discolored secretions are all non-specific symptoms and don't necessarily indicate sinusitis.

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What are the signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Multiple. Congestion, purulent nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure over frontal or maxillary sinuses. This pain can also be felt around temporal area, and can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain. Fever is somewhat rare. Usually the longer you have had the symptoms, the more likely it is bacterial (vs viral or even plain allergies).

What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Multiple. Congestion, purulent nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure over frontal or maxillary sinuses. This pain can also be felt around temporal area, and can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain. Fever is somewhat rare. Usually the longer you have had the symptoms, the more likely it is bacterial (vs viral or even plain allergies).
Several. Nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, yellow-green nasal drainage, pain, fullness, and pressure between the eyes and in the face, pain over the eyes and pain on top of the head lead the list of symptoms of acute sinusitis.

Are most cases of acute sinusitis viral? How long before symptoms lessen and you start to feel better? At what point should you visit the Dr?

Most viral. Yes, most cases of sinusitis are viral. Typical symptoms lat 5-7 days before slowly resolving. Indications that you may have a bacterial infection are fevers >100, severe sinus pain, symptoms longer than 10 days or initial improvement before worsening of your symptoms. Obviously, see your doctor if you believe you have bacterial infection, but they can also help with meds for viral symptoms.

Diagnosed with acute sinusitis and prescribed doxycycline. Puzzled by absence of any mucus but have other common symptoms. Is absence mucus possible?

Stuck in sinuses. You could be draining the mucus postnasally or back through your throat. The other possibility is that the sinus openings are swollen shut and the mucus is stuck within the sinuses. Decongestants can aid this.
Acute Sinusitis. Greetings. Yes, you can have sinusitis without post nasal drainage or mucus. It may be impacted and drainage may occur with the continued antibiotic.

I'm pregnant &have acute sinusitis 3 d ago cant sleep from toothaches and ear pain my nose dry not rainy but I feel all the symptoms of the sinusitis?

May not affect nose. Sinusitis may not affect all of your sinuses; it is possible that the posterior ones are affected without the anterior ones being involved.
See below. From your description I suspect your ear pain is due to Eustachian tube dysfunction from a viral cold as well as Maxillary sinus congestion causing the tooth ache. Using Afrin 12 hour nasal decongestant and Flonase may help. But you need to check with your OBGYN to see if he or she ok's it in pregnancy. For info on ETD see: http://bit. Ly/ZZ8ufv.
See your dentist. For evaluation and treatment. Pregnancy is not a reason to delay routine dental care or treatment. Good luck.
Acute sinusitis? Check with your dentist to see if your pain is from teeth or gum infections. If it is not a dental problem, see your medical doctor, OB, or an ENT specialist. It is important to get any infection under control, especially being pregnant.

What is acute sinusitis?

Sinus infection. Its the term for a sinus infection. It can be viral or bacterial commonly.
Acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is inflammation of the cavities around your nasal passages with associated mucus drainage, which makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. It may cause headache, pain around your eyes and cheeks. It’s typically due to a bacterial infection, but could be due to allergies, viral or fungal infections. Acute sinusitis lasts up to 4wks (subacute 4-12wks & chronic>12wks).
Less than a month. Acute sinusitis usually lasts by definition less than 30 days. It is characterized by nasal blockage, pain, fullness and pressure in the mask of the face, pain over and between the eyes, yellow-green nasal drainage, post-nasal drip and rarely pain on top of the head.

How to know if I have acute sinusitis?

An ENT exam. Without a specific x-ray, an ENT exam will usually reveal redness, swelling and pus in the lateral wall of the nose. The pussy drainage can be cultured and a specific diagnosis and treatment can be started.

What are the tests for acute sinusitis?

History and physical. A history and physical - evaluation by a physician is my first choice - remember, most sinus infections are viral and do not require antibiotics!
Few but not needed. There are a few ways of testing for sinusitis, but usually for uncomplicated acute sinusitis, a good history and physical exam is all that is needed. For harder to treat or chronic sinusitis, we would consider ordering: plain xrays (known as "water's view"), ct of the sinuses, and cultures of the sinuses usually done by ent.